Brace Yourselves: A New PaRappa Game Is Coming. Maybe.
Some dude on NeoGAF who could either be an anonymous lonely forum nerd yearning for attention or an actual person close to the video game industry (possibly both?) felt the need to brag in a post about how he got drunk with some game industry friends in super hip San Francisco. Amidst the drunken shmoozery, a Sony PR guy allegedly “got pretty shit tanked” and “spilled the beans that a new Parappa the Rappa [sic] is being worked on with really slick HD illustrations and really cool animation that totally captures the spirit of the original. Apparently Queasy Games and the Media Molecule are teaming up for this, and it uses some of the tech from Tearaway.”
I think the main takeaway from all this is that most nerds suck at holding their liquor and shouldn’t be trusted with industry secrets and a new PaRappa game would be effing awesome.
And to any important video game PR companies who probably aren’t reading this, I’m the king of being drunk. I would never spill any of your beans, and it would be an honor to have you send me to San Francisco so that I may drink alcohol and talk about video games with other people who are also drinking alcohol. Thank you.
[Via All Games Beta]

Brace Yourselves: A New PaRappa Game Is Coming. Maybe.

Some dude on NeoGAF who could either be an anonymous lonely forum nerd yearning for attention or an actual person close to the video game industry (possibly both?) felt the need to brag in a post about how he got drunk with some game industry friends in super hip San Francisco. Amidst the drunken shmoozery, a Sony PR guy allegedly “got pretty shit tanked” and “spilled the beans that a new Parappa the Rappa [sic] is being worked on with really slick HD illustrations and really cool animation that totally captures the spirit of the original. Apparently Queasy Games and the Media Molecule are teaming up for this, and it uses some of the tech from Tearaway.”

I think the main takeaway from all this is that most nerds suck at holding their liquor and shouldn’t be trusted with industry secrets and a new PaRappa game would be effing awesome.

And to any important video game PR companies who probably aren’t reading this, I’m the king of being drunk. I would never spill any of your beans, and it would be an honor to have you send me to San Francisco so that I may drink alcohol and talk about video games with other people who are also drinking alcohol. Thank you.

[Via All Games Beta]

5 Reasons We’re Pumped For Sony’s Vita TV
Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.
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1. IT’S A VITA FOR YOUR WHOLE LIVING ROOM
Well, duh, but come on, how awesome is Gravity Rush gonna’ look on a giant flat screen? Plus, there’s a whole demographic of gamers who refuse to purchase handhelds because they’d rather be immersed in the larger-than-life presentation that only a living room television set up can provide. No matter how fantastic a handheld game is, it could always be improved by a giant TV set and sick surround sound.

2. MAD PORTABLE
Kind of ironic considering the Vita TV is a home console version of a portable gaming device, but just think about it. Hook one of these bad boys up to your hotel room TV, and if the hotel has WiFi, you can use Netflix! Breaking Bad is way more enjoyable when you aren’t squinting at a laptop screen to watch it.

3. REMOTE PLAY
The Vita TV will feature both PS3 and PS4 remote play. Say your significant other is deep into an all-day-long Say Yes To The Dress marathon and doesn’t plan on giving up the TV any time soon. Just hook your Vita TV up to a nearby computer monitor or TV somewhere else in the house to instantly get your game on. Much easier than actually lugging a PS3 or PS4 room to room.

4. PS1 MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT
One great thing about the PSP and PS Vita has always been the amount of PS1 Classics available to download. Sadly, there’s no multiplayer support for those oldschool games on Sony’s handhelds. Luckily, the Vita TV supports up to two DualShock 3 or SIXAXIS controllers which means you and a friend can relive the good old days with titles like Twisted Metal 2, Crash Team Racing, Jet Moto, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and more. Perfect for someone who doesn’t already own a PS3, and if you do have a PS3, you can always keep one of these hooked up to another TV in the house like the bedroom. Always nice to wind down a long day with some classics from gaming’s glory days.

5. THE MORE THE MERRIER
This could be the entry level console that gets more people interested in playing video games. This is going to open up a buttload of great games to a whole new slew of people who either don’t own a console at all, or were intrigued by the Vita, but couldn’t see themselves investing in one for whatever reason. Depending on the success of Vita TV, it could potentially lead to more interest from developers, more support from publisher, and not just more games for the system, but better ones.

5 Reasons We’re Pumped For Sony’s Vita TV

Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.

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'Gamer Forever'

This series by award winning advertising photographer Jean Yves Lemoigne are totally rocking our brains! They elegantly capture all the nostalgia and haziness of getting caught up in that perfect gaming sesh. The artist also has a photo series of three dimensional pixelated naked ladies which is also worth checking out.

3DS XL And PS Vita Famicom Cases

Give your handhelds a retro makeover with these Vita and 3DS XL cases from Play-Asia.

Famitsu Gives Dragon’s Crown 35/40
Dragon’s Crown has launched in Japan and the reviews are so far positive. Famitsu’s four reviewers gave the game three 9s and one 8, totaling 35 out of 40 possible points. This is the only games I’ve been looking forward to, so I’m relieved that it’s getting good reviews. Pre-order it here.
Via Polygon

Famitsu Gives Dragon’s Crown 35/40

Dragon’s Crown has launched in Japan and the reviews are so far positive. Famitsu’s four reviewers gave the game three 9s and one 8, totaling 35 out of 40 possible points. This is the only games I’ve been looking forward to, so I’m relieved that it’s getting good reviews. Pre-order it here.

Via Polygon

Monday Morning Box Art
Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.
The previous MMBAs have been for older games, so I wanted to pick a newer one this week. Gravity Rush has some really nice art. The character and her cat are standing sideways on a building, indicating the gravity-changing gameplay. The only thing I don’t like is that the typography looks like it was done as Word Art in MS Word.

Monday Morning Box Art

Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.

The previous MMBAs have been for older games, so I wanted to pick a newer one this week. Gravity Rush has some really nice art. The character and her cat are standing sideways on a building, indicating the gravity-changing gameplay. The only thing I don’t like is that the typography looks like it was done as Word Art in MS Word.

PSN “Summer Blast,” Starts Tomorrow

PSN is doing a big sale for the next two weeks, offering up to 60% off select titles, while PS Plus members can get a whopping 80% off select titles. Here’s what they’re offering for the coming weeks, with pricing included for both PS Plus and non-Plus members:
July 2nd – 9th
Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) – Regular Price: $49.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS Vita/PSP) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.50Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Mortal Kombat – (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
July 9th – 16th
Fast & Furious Showdown (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $31.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $23.99Star Trek (PS3) – Regular Price: $54.99 Sale Price: $43.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $32.99Men In Black: Alien Crisis (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99The Simpsons Arcade Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89X-Men (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89Hitman Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $15.99Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $10.00Star Wars The Force Unleashed II (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00Just Cause 2 (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.99Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $15.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $8.00Tron Evolution (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Alice: Madness Returns (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00Fight Night Champion – Full Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $11.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $6.00

PSN “Summer Blast,” Starts Tomorrow

PSN is doing a big sale for the next two weeks, offering up to 60% off select titles, while PS Plus members can get a whopping 80% off select titles. Here’s what they’re offering for the coming weeks, with pricing included for both PS Plus and non-Plus members:

July 2nd – 9th

Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79
The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3) – Regular Price: $49.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99
Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS Vita/PSP) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.50
Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Mortal Kombat – (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00
Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50

July 9th – 16th

Fast & Furious Showdown (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $31.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $23.99
Star Trek (PS3) – Regular Price: $54.99 Sale Price: $43.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $32.99
Men In Black: Alien Crisis (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99
The Simpsons Arcade Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89
X-Men (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89
Hitman Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $15.99
Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $10.00
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Just Cause 2 (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.99
Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $15.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $8.00
Tron Evolution (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Alice: Madness Returns (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Fight Night Champion – Full Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $11.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $6.00

3 Minutes of Dragon’s Crown

This video makes August seem so far away. Dragon’s Crown is my most anticipated game right now and the extended trailer isn’t making the wait any easier.

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Hotline Miami Coming To PS3 & Vita This Spring

Hellz yeah! The ultra-violent, synth-pulsating, schizophrenic PC indie game from two-man team Dennation Games is making it’s way to PlayStation Network this spring.

In case you’re not familiar with Hotline Maimi, prepare to get your balls/ovaries rocked in twain by the live-action trailer below.

Hotline Miami is the Drive of video games, only with less awkward silence and more brutal violence. Get the PC version on Steam or GOG.

(Source: blog.us.playstation.com)

Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW
Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.
The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.
Check out the trailer for Picotto Knights below.

Siliconera reports:

GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?

We can only hope.
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Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW

Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.

The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.

Check out the trailer for Picotto Knights below.

Siliconera reports:

GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?

We can only hope.

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How To Get All The PS1 Games On Your Vita WITHOUT Hacks

Bummed about only getting 9 PS1 games to choose from on the Vita’s PSN store? If you’re a Vita owner who also owns a PS3, the dudes from Fist Full of Potions show off an absurdly simple way to get any PSOne Classic onto your Vita.

PS Vita Firmware V1.80 Is Live. FINALLY, PSOne Classic Support!
It’s time to blow the dust from that unpocketable portable device because this new update brings sweet new features like the ability to navigate the home menu with buttons instead of getting all touchy-swipey, and the web browser gets a little more Safari iOS-ish with a search bar in the browser menu and giving you the ability to jump to the top of a page.
Here’s a video rundown of all the new features.

But we know what you really care about: PSOne Classic support! Here’s a list of the first batch of games that you can download as soon as the PSN store updates later today/tonight.
Arc the Lad
Cool Boarders 2
FINAL FANTASY VII
Hot Shots Golf 2
Jet Moto
Syphon Filter
Tomb Raider
Twisted Metal 2
Wild Arms
Yeah, it kind of sucks that they’ll be rolling out small handfuls of games on a weekly basis instead of giving us access to the massive library already available on PSN, but at least FFVII’s in there, so we doubt there’ll be too many complaints.
Which PSOne games are you looking forward to playing on your Vita?

PS Vita Firmware V1.80 Is Live. FINALLY, PSOne Classic Support!

It’s time to blow the dust from that unpocketable portable device because this new update brings sweet new features like the ability to navigate the home menu with buttons instead of getting all touchy-swipey, and the web browser gets a little more Safari iOS-ish with a search bar in the browser menu and giving you the ability to jump to the top of a page.

Here’s a video rundown of all the new features.

But we know what you really care about: PSOne Classic support! Here’s a list of the first batch of games that you can download as soon as the PSN store updates later today/tonight.

  • Arc the Lad
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • FINAL FANTASY VII
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • Jet Moto
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tomb Raider
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Wild Arms

Yeah, it kind of sucks that they’ll be rolling out small handfuls of games on a weekly basis instead of giving us access to the massive library already available on PSN, but at least FFVII’s in there, so we doubt there’ll be too many complaints.

Which PSOne games are you looking forward to playing on your Vita?

Jest Set Radio HD Hits Consoles & PC This September For Just $10
Jet Set Radio (atrociously titled Jet Grind Radio in the U.S. for copyright reasons) was a legend back it’s time. It was the first game ever to use the “cel-shaded” technique and paved the way for many games after it. Now, twelve years after it’s initial release on the Sega Dreamcast, the cult classic gets a much-deserved HD facelift and makes its way to the PlayStation Network on September 18 and Xbox LIVE Arcade & Steam on September 19th for just $9.99. PS Vita owners will get it for the same price, but have to wait until October 16th.
[Image via Tyson Hesse]

Jest Set Radio HD Hits Consoles & PC This September For Just $10

Jet Set Radio (atrociously titled Jet Grind Radio in the U.S. for copyright reasons) was a legend back it’s time. It was the first game ever to use the “cel-shaded” technique and paved the way for many games after it. Now, twelve years after it’s initial release on the Sega Dreamcast, the cult classic gets a much-deserved HD facelift and makes its way to the PlayStation Network on September 18 and Xbox LIVE Arcade & Steam on September 19th for just $9.99. PS Vita owners will get it for the same price, but have to wait until October 16th.

[Image via Tyson Hesse]

Amazon Is Having A Huge Sale On Handheld Games & Accessories Right Now
Need some handheld games for your summer road trip? Amazon has you covered. They’re uppercutting prices right in the face with this handheld sale thing. Some standouts include SNK Vs Capcom Card Fighters Clash for DS for just $5.95 (80% off), Bit.Trip Saga 3DS for $19.54 (51% off), and Mortal Kombat for Vita for $28.47 (29% off).
Check out the rest of the games here: Handheld Deals for Your Summer Road Trip.

Amazon Is Having A Huge Sale On Handheld Games & Accessories Right Now

Need some handheld games for your summer road trip? Amazon has you covered. They’re uppercutting prices right in the face with this handheld sale thing. Some standouts include SNK Vs Capcom Card Fighters Clash for DS for just $5.95 (80% off), Bit.Trip Saga 3DS for $19.54 (51% off), and Mortal Kombat for Vita for $28.47 (29% off).

Check out the rest of the games here: Handheld Deals for Your Summer Road Trip.

'Gravity Rush' Review: Falling To The Top With Style

Gravity Rush is a PlayStation Vita exclusive open world action RPG directed by Keiichiro Toyama and written by Naoko Sato - both known for their work on Siren and the first Silent Hill. It’s like Hayao Miyazaki, Solatorobo, inFAMOUS, and Crackdown had a baby. It’s also by far the best looking and most innovative game on the Vita and one of the best games of the year.

AWESOME

  • Gorgeous art direction, level design, and character designs bursting with charm and personality.
  • Intriguing story filled with a memorable cast of characters that are sure to spawn countless works of fanart, cosplay, tattoos, etc.
  • Massive open world that you’ll want to explore even after the credits roll.
  • Some of the later levels are beautifully trippy and have a clever puzzle element to them. They’re so awesome that you’ll probably wish more of the game was like this.

NOT AWESOME

  • Combat is often clunky.
  • Whack load times.
  • Abrupt ending that doesn’t really sum anything up.

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